The Modern Machine Shop
To manufacture large quantities of similar parts, a Georgia machine shop has found that wire EDM is the ideal process.
By Bill Dundas
Because it plays a supporting role in many shops, wire EDM isn't widely associated with high-volume production. But metalworking professionals who choose wire EDM as their mainline process continue to develop strategies that boost its efficiency. Thus, many of those at the forefront of wire EDM applications view this technology as undervalued by shops that use it only for secondary operations.
Robert W. Jenkins, president of Bellwether Inc. (McDonough, Georgia) is a firm believer in the untapped potential of wire EDM. His company's success in providing high-quality, precision parts for various industries confirms the proposition that, in some cases, wire-cutting represents the most effective machining process.